Jackson County Recreation Trail

Biking along the Recreation Trail between Spragueville & Z34
Biking along the Recreation Trail between Spragueville & Z34
Recreation trail north of Spragueville along an old Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad line
Copper Creek Trail crossing 418th Ave
Crossing Copper Creek

One of two shelters along the Recreation Trail
Entering the Recreation Trail from 45th Street just east of Spragueville

The Jackson County Recreation Trail is 6.6 miles in length (includes Copper Creek Trail section). This crushed limestone path is great for biking, hiking, and cross country skiing! The scenic trail is located along the Maquoketa River in Jackson County and crosses both Deep Creek and Copper Creek. About half of the trail is located on the abandoned Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad line.  Scenic overlooks along the trail provide striking views of the river valley and its limestone bluffs. Enjoy a picnic or relax in one of the 4 picnic shelters along the trail. Learn more about the area’s geological history from signs along the trail. Also bring your fishing pole, with access to the streams and river. 


You can access the trail at 3 locations:

Twogood Park in Preston; at Simpson Street & Highway 64
County Road Z34; 4.5 miles north of Preston where the road crosses the Maquoketa River
45th Street; just east of Spragueville (middle of trail) 

Jackson County Conservation
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
PHONE: (563) 652-3783


  • Hiking, walking, biking, cross country skiing, jogging, access to Maquoketa River, fishing (Copper Creek and Deep Creek)
  • Picnic shelters and benches
  • Information kiosks and maps at both ends of trail

Operating Hours & Seasons

Open year round 6:00 am - 10:30 pm